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Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Travel Guide

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Plan Your Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Vacation

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the great wild areas of the eastern United States and the most visited national park in the United States. From a roadside lookout or from a clearing in a trail, in every visible direction you can see the mountains march toward a vast horizon of wilderness.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Witness the wilderness This is one of the last remaining big chunks of wilderness in the East. Get away from civilization in more than 800 square miles of tranquility, with old-growth forests, clear streams, meandering trails, wildflowers, and panoramic vistas from mile-high mountains.
  2. Get your endorphins going Outdoor junkies can bike, boat, camp, fish, hike, ride horses, white water raft, watch birds and wildlife, and even cross-country ski.
  3. Experience mountain culture Visit restored mountain cabins and tour "ghost towns" in the park, with old frame and log buildings preserved much as they were 100 years ago.
  4. Spot wildlife Biologists estimate there are more than 1,500 bears, 6,000 deer, and nearly 150 elk now in the park, so your chances of seeing these beautiful wild creatures is quite good.
  5. Learn something new Take advantage of the interpretative talks and walks.

When To Go

When to Go

There's not a bad time to visit the Smokies, though summer and the month of October are the busiest times. The biggest month for visitation in the p...

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